Mini is currently working on the chassis of the new three-door car in Lapland. It will hit the streets in autumn 2023. The unusual: There will then be a combustion version made in Oxford as usual. And an e-mini that dares Brexit and rolls off the assembly line in China. Both have the same chassis and the same look, but otherwise little to do with each other.
The new Mini drives like it’s on rails
Even as a passenger, you can feel the clear differences between the old and new model generation. A Mini has never been so full and safe on the road. Nothing stirred, nothing shaken. “For example, we have lengthened the wheelbase and increased the track width,” says Bramer. “This improves comfort, especially at higher speeds.” As a matter of fact. As if on rails, the new whirrs through the curves. The weight? Still unclear. Definitely lighter than the E predecessor, which weighs 1440 kilograms. In addition, the new Mini should be shorter.
Up to 400 kilometers range
Inside, the new Mini is tidier
And inside? Secret like Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Nevertheless, we’ll lift the black cloths that do that cockpit cloak. Whoa! In the middle we uncover a touch display, big and round like a frying pan for a family portion of Ham & Eggs. These include real switches, for example for the radio, the driving experience and the obligatory start button. There are also buttons for the window heating and the parking beeper, among other things. The climate control, on the other hand, will also work on the Mini via the touch display in the future – we have never found it good.
Mini generation five is set to be a success in China
With production in the Far East, Mini is hoping for a local sales boost. So far, China has only accounted for ten percent of sales, well behind Great Britain and Germany. That should change with the new E models. And what about the combustion engine? In Germany he should hardly play a role. Of the around 34,000 Mini Cooper SEs sold worldwide last year, around 10,000 went to Germany – more than to any other country.
Good news for traditionalists at the end: the new E-Mini remains a real Brit in one respect – the Union Jack will continue to adorn its rear lights.